The Colleyville Covenant baseball team wrapped up an impressive season with an appearance in the state semifinals, and coach Rusty Beam said he is quite proud of what his team was able to accomplish in 2014.
The Cougars lost to Lubbock Christian in the state semifinal round, and Beam said that it was basically a case of an inning getting away from his team.
“Lubbock Christian got out there and got two on in the first inning with two outs, and we left a pitch up,” Beam said. “Their kid made us pay for it and got a hit, and they ended up scoring four runs in that first inning when we were one strike away from getting out of it.
“After that, it was a real quick game. Both pitchers did a good job. The game went real fast, they had a good pitcher on the mound, and we just couldn't get anything going.”
Covenant lost the game by a score of 6-0, and finished with the bases loaded.
Beam said that, reflecting on the season as a whole, he could not have asked for much more from his team.
“Any time you make it that far, you have to be pretty pleased,” Beam said. “We had a group of seniors for the past three years. This is my third year as the head coach, so this was the first big group of seniors I have had, and most of them have been starting since they were sophomores, and we did some great things.
“We set the school record for wins with 27, we played in the local HEB Classic, so we got to go up against Southlake Carroll and L.D. Bell and Arlington Lamar. We didn't beat them, but we represented ourselves very well. All in all, it was an outstanding season. To get to the state tournament is a great way to end it all.”
The Cougars finished up the regular season with an overall record of 27-13.
Covenant pitcher Justin Garcia has signed to play college ball at the University of Richmond.
Beam said that there are a couple of things he hopes his players take away from this season.
“One of the things we talked about is overcoming adversity,” Beam said. “About being able to deal with the challenges and frustrations that can happen and forget what's behind them and focus on the next pitch. I think by the end of the season we had accomplished that. Through wins and losses, the integrity of the kids has continued to be impressive.”
Beam said that things are shaping up pretty well for next season, as well.
“We have 32 kids in program this year, and for a school our size, that is really awesome,” Beam said. “I am very pleased with that. We are losing seven seniors this year, and five of them were every day starters and two were spot starters. We've got a young group of freshmen and sophomores, and we'll have our JV team to draw from as well.
“We'll have a young team next season, but with players that have varsity experience, and we will have our number two and three pitchers from this season. They are both very strong and had great seasons, so I look forward to them kind of carrying us next year.”